Wed. Aug 10th, 2022

NSW Deputy Prime Minister Paul Toole and Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet share a beer at Watson's pub in Moore Park.  Photo: NCA NewsWire / Adam Yip
NSW Deputy Prime Minister Paul Toole and Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet share a beer at Watson’s pub in Moore Park. Photo: NCA NewsWire / Adam Yip

Newlyweds NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has hailed his predecessor Gladys Berejiklian as a major reason the state was able to reopen on Monday.

Berejiklian resigned as prime minister two weeks ago after the Independent Commission against Corruption (ICAC) revealed she was investigating whether she had breached public confidence by awarding grants to several community organizations between 2012 and 2018.

The ICAC probe will investigate whether there was a conflict of interest between Berejiklian’s public duties and private interests as she was in a secret relationship with the disgraced former Liberal MP Daryl Maguire.

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Perrottet, Mrs Berejiklian’s treasurer, said it was disappointing that she was unable to be the head of state, while pubs, restaurants and shops reopened to fully vaccinated customers.

NSW has now reached a vaccination rate of 90.44 percent of the population who have at least a first dose, while 73.97 percent of the state is fully immunized.

NSW Deputy Prime Minister Paul Toole and Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet celebrate Freedom Day.  Photo: NCA NewsWire / Adam Yip
NSW Deputy Prime Minister Paul Toole and Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet celebrate Freedom Day. Photo: NCA NewsWire / Adam Yip

“Oh, it’s disappointing. Gladys, as you know, has led us through this pandemic and (today) is a big day for the state, ”Perrottet said.

“I am sure we are all disappointed that she is not here to celebrate this great moment with the people of NSW. She was an excellent Premier, the most excellent Premier we have had.

“She was out every single day, (doing) daily press conferences, and it has not just been the last 100 days … we are talking here about 18 months of challenge for our state.

“It has been a very, very difficult time for the government for her as leader. But I know she’s here in the spirit, and you never know, Gladys can go out and have a beer herself tonight and celebrate. ”

Gladys Berejiklian resigned as prime minister.  Photo: NCA NewsWire / Jeremy Piper
Gladys Berejiklian resigned as prime minister. Photo: NCA NewsWire / Jeremy Piper
Daryl Maguire is the subject of an ICAC study.
Daryl Maguire is the subject of an ICAC study.

Greater Sydney had been in lockdown since June 26, while other parts of the state were also forced to hold home orders for most of this period.

But hospitality sites are now allowed to open their doors to vaccinated people, subject to a rule of one person per. 4 sqm inside and one person per.

A maximum of 20 people are allowed per. Booking.

Fitness centers and indoor recreation facilities can open under one person per night. 4sq m rule and can offer classes for up to 20 people.

Sports facilities, including swimming pools, can reopen as well as personal services such as hairdressers and nail salons with the help of one person per. 4sq m rule, limited to five customers per. Rooms.

“I see it as a day of freedom,” Perrottet said. “It is a day of freedom. Companies are opening up. But that means it has to be done in a measured and safe way.

“Let us not get caught up in the semantics of how we will classify the day. The most important thing is that for the first time in a long time, people are given the opportunity to return to work. ”

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Evin Priest is a general news reporter in Sydney for NCA NewsWire. He returned to Australia in 2020 after a four-year stint as a sports correspondent in the United States. Evin began his journalistic career with News Corp … Read more

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